The vast majority of Iranians say that the international sanctions have hurt their livelihoods, yet most still support the country’s nuclear programme.
According to a Gallup survey conducted in Iran in December 2012, 48 per cent of Iranians say the sanctions have affected their own personal livelihoods a great deal and another 35% say that they have been somewhat affected.
With 31% of Iranians rating their lives in a way that can be categorised as “suffering”, Iran is on a par with countries that are either at war or experiencing severe instability such as Egypt and Tunisia.
By October 2012, Iran’s oil exports had dropped by more than 40%, and during the first week of that same month, the Iranian rial was devalued by 40% from the previous week’s value. In December 2012, 74% of Iranians described “now” as a “bad time” to find a job, up from 66% in January that year.
But despite these far-reaching effects on people’s lives, most Iranians – 63% – say that they think Iran should continue develop its nuclear programme, for which 47% hold the United States responsible.
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